April 08, 2010

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” – Proverbs 16:18

It was a spring day, April 10th, to be exact, and it seemed that all of Southampton, England, had gathered in one place to celebrate one of the pinnacle accomplishments of man. About 2,200 people had the privilege of a first-hand view, among them some of the wealthiest people in the world. It seemed the whole world was marveling at this awesome accomplishment: eleven stories high, 900 feet long, 46,000 tons. Yet just five days later, at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, it was all gone – disappeared – a massive wreckage at the bottom of the sea.

The name Titanic was always preceded with the word “unsinkable.” On board, many joked, “Even God couldn’t sink the Titanic,” but it will forever serve as the twentieth century example of the foolishness of pride.

God’s word says, “Pride goes before a fall, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” Prideful Titanics sink into destruction, but a good life that is humble before God and man has a better chance to withstand the storms of life.